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Top 5 Tips for Taking the Staten Island Ferry


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Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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Mandy Hegarty is a writer who specializes in food and travel. Currently based in Dublin, Ireland, she’s previously lived in New York, London, and Montreal. She has written for the likes of Time Out New York, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines.

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1. Choose your spot wisely

When departing from Manhattan, head to the back-right side of the ferry for an unobstructed look at the Statue of Liberty. From Staten Island, the front-left side offers the most photo-worthy vistas.

2. Stand, don't sit

The benches along the sides of the ferry may look tempting, but you’re better off standing at the railing, where your views can’t be blocked.

3. Spend some time on Staten Island

Instead of rushing back to Manhattan, set aside time to explore New York’s most overlooked borough. Wander the heritage complex of Historic Richmond Town, and stroll through the botanical gardens at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

4. Get day-to-night views

Leave Manhattan before sunset to enjoy the best of both worlds—disembark for dinner on Staten Island, then return in the post rush-hour darkness, when twinkling city lights reflect off the water.

5. Toast the journey

While it may not have a full-service bar, the Staten Island Ferry does have a concession stand so you can enjoy a cold beer while you drink in the views.

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